Sustainable Development Goals: How Youth Friendly is the Open Working Group Outcome document?

The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals released its draft outcome document on July 19, 2014. I find it quite interesting that the conceptual framework of the proposals made in the document is grounded in poverty reduction. Given the amount of theoretical and methodological work that has been undertaken since the adoption of the …

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Counselling for Youth Empowerment

The 39th Annual Conference of the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON)[1] will be held in the ancient city of Benin from August 18-22, 2014 under the theme: Counselling for Youth Empowerment. The conference lists an array of noteworthy sub-themes such as: youth restiveness, sexual and reproductive health, employment and entrepreneurship, disabilities, ICTs, gender based violence …

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Jobs for sale: The Commodification of Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

A lot has been written in the media regarding the recent tragedy of 19 reported deaths and scores of injuries which resulted from the mass recruitment exercise of the Nigerian immigration service (NIS). This post attempts to situate the discourse within the broader context of government’s responsibility, recruitment practices and the morality of charging unemployed …

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What took them there? Educational aspirations and intra-African scholarship

Late last year, I sent out a single question ‘why did you choose to study in South Africa?’ to a network of South African students. What I found was quite interesting, and something I might want to pursue once I complete my degree. See abstract below. ... Narratives of African students studying internationally often focus on …

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Youth in Ouagadougou +10 and the post 2015 development agenda

African Union (AU) Heads of State decided at their meeting in January 2014 to review their commitments to employment as enshrined in the Ouagadougou declaration and plan of action by holding an extraordinary summit this September. One hopes that youth employment will be central to the discussions during the review process. This is important because …

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